The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, and other organizations throughout the state, continue to improve boating and angling in Oregon lakes, rivers and streams. Here are a few highlights of improvements in the Southwest part of the state in recent months:
South Coast Fish District
Garrison Lake – Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has designated this lake as a trophy rainbow trout fishery, said District Fish Biologist Todd Confer. In Spring 2016, staff stocked the lake with 1,000 trout that were 2 pounds or larger in size, about six times larger than the typical fish stocked in that area. They will add another 1,300 trophy trout next spring.
Sixes River – In August, nonprofit Curry Citizens for Public Land Access improved the ODFW Mid-Drift Angling Access on the Sixes River. They cleared brush, and graded both the parking area and the access area onto the gravel bar. This will improve access for launching and landing drift boats during the fall Chinook salmon and winter steelhead fishing seasons.
Coos, Coquille, Tenmile Fish District
Bradley Lake – ODFW removed a thick layer of weeds using a mechanical weed harvesting service in March, with a follow-up to cut new weed growth in June, said District Fish Biologist Mike Gray. Prior to weed removal, the heavy vegetation interfered with trout stocking and with fishing from the angling dock. It also got tangled in boat motor propellers.
Upper Rogue Fish District
Whetstone Pond – In June, the department widened the parking area to increase parking efficiency at Whetstone Pond in the Denman Wildlife Area. The area has become increasingly popular because of improvements made in August 2015. Last summer’s project involved creating two paved fishing jetties, each about 50 feet long and 10 feet wide, said Clayton Barber, Denman Wildlife Area manager. The jetties make room for more people to fish and are wheelchair accessible.
Howard Prairie Lake – In summer 2015, Jackson County Parks extended the boat ramp on Howard Prairie Lake at Willow Point Park. The ramp now extends into deeper water, making it easier for boats on trailers to launch even at lower lake levels, said Assistant District Fisheries Biologist David Haight.
Amacher Park – Douglas County Parks repaired and extended the boat ramp at Amacher Park on the North Umpqua River north of Roseburg in a project completed this month. The ramp’s previous condition had made it difficult to use with large boats on trailers, said District Fish Biologist Greg Huchko. Now, it will be more easily accessible for anglers with larger boats, including those fishing for winter steelhead and spring Chinook salmon.